Becoming Ted: The joyful and uplifting novel from the author of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

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Becoming Ted: The joyful and uplifting novel from the author of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

Becoming Ted: The joyful and uplifting novel from the author of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

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And that’s when Ted’s epiphany happens: he knows what he wants to do, what he’s wanted to do, deep down, he realises, since he was eight. Zijn beste vriendin Denise wil er voor Ted zijn maar heeft haar eigen geheimen, de oude Stanley heeft een mooie en scherpe kijk op het leven, ik snap niet hoe Ted het zo lang heeft uitgehouden met de denigrerende Giles en de Poolse Oskar heeft een belangrijke rol, omdat hij ook een bijzonder en ontroerend verhaal heeft, wat het geheel versterkt. I liked the themes of putting yourself first, doing things you enjoy and being comfortable in your own skin, but that's pretty much one of the only reasons why I didn't rate this one star. The story is heartwarming, touching, funny, sassy, fiery, romantic, emotional, dramatic, delightful and eye-opening, and I recommend it highly! Denise, however, really isn’t; her character arc is established near the beginning of the story through comments about a series of bad relationships and her swearing off love altogether, but it doesn’t come back up again until we’re half way through the book, and not many pages overall are dedicated to her solving her specific issue.

This made every chapter feel like an individual scene, which continued to make this book feel like a play. It truly is never too late to chase your dreams and if Ted's lifelong dream has never been one to continue in his family's ice-cream business, but to be a drag queen, instead - then he's going to see it through head-on and head-strong - even if the path to fame is not without its troubles. I've often felt that homophobia and misogyny are very closely intertwined - usually when I've heard people make homophobic and derogatory comments, it's been about how someone 'acts like a girl', and there are obviously stereotypes that all gay men are very effiminate.

And Ted, who has spent nearly twenty years living with, and often for , another person, must reimagine the future he has happily taken for granted. With the help of Marina, Denise, and octogenarian flamboyant Stanley, will life's new route be built on pride or will Ted and Oskar flounder by the wayside? Along with jumping between three character perspectives, the story also flips between present day and the past, slowly giving us more scenes from Ted’s childhood and life with Giles. I've previously read The Madonna of Bolton and Albert Entwistle, the former of which I enjoyed, but wasn't blown away by and the latter was just one of a favourite books of recent times.

I was a huge fan of Matt Cain’s book, The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle, and could not wait to read his latest creation. He is rather a complex character, struggling with his sexuality against the background of family history and the social politics of his native country which have caused so much heartache. It felt as if the author had been issued a challenge to use a thesaurus and apply ever known alternative to said in his writing! We're told that they love each other but we barely see them together so the admission seems quite sudden. What was much more egregious was the multiple times characters would think about something that happened in their past — and then not elaborate on that thought at all, because it is not time for the reader to know that important information.

He would love to follow a different path in life but how to tell his parents when they are expecting him to take over from them, having invested so much of their life into it and are struggling with the business financially. Even though the main story is about Ted realising who he really is inside and his journey to achieving his dream, there are some very important side stories too.

He throws himself into his work in the family business, Ainsworth’s Ice Cream, an icon of St Lukes-on-Sea. This was a good choice in theory, as it allows us to get into the minds of each character and see their reasoning and perspective on events, but it is undercut by each character’s thought process not really being all that different from the others; they all talk about what is happening, remember something but refuse to go into detail right now because it is not the proper time to reveal this history to the reader, go through a bought of self doubt, and then make a remark in first person italics. Now whilst there was some plot points I personally didn’t like that much, I do appreciate it as a whole and how they lead to certain things happening and just Awgh I cannot get over how satisfied I was with this book.

I don't *want* to sit here and enumerate things I didn't like because I loved the heart of this book, but for me, the text really needed a thorough redraft to sing as it should have, and I'm actively cross it didn't get that.

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